Academic Freedom in the UK – Protecting viewpoint diversity

Academic Freedom in the UK – Protecting viewpoint diversity

Britain’s universities are world-leading. Yet there is growing concern that academic freedom in these institutions is being undermined in a way that departs from the liberal traditions and democratic norms of British society.

This paper by the Policy Exchange and written by Remi Adekoya, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas Simpson uses one of the largest representative samples of UK- based academics carried out in recent years to explore the concern that strongly-held political attitudes are restricting the freedom of those who disagree to research and teach on contested subjects.

The report sets out what might be done, in the form of legislation—specifically an Academic Freedom Bill—and other measures to ensure that a) universities support intellectual dissent, which drives progress and innovation and b) all lawful speech is protected on campus.

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